Home insurance typically provides some degree of coverage for the dwelling (plus attached fixtures and structures), personal property of the occupants, liability and living expense if you need to be relocated during repairs.  Some folks assume that if you have homeowners insurance and disaster strikes your house, the insurance will pay to have your home rebuilt and refurnished.  In actuality, the industry terms within your policy dictate how much you will get paid. The following terms will all offer different payouts:

Replacement cost – coverage that will pay for replacement up to the limits stated in your policy

Guaranteed replacement cost – unlimited coverage to replace as long as you have followed the company’s guidelines

Extended replacement cost – replacement up to the limits stated in your policy plus an extra predetermined percentage

Actual cash value (ACV) – the replacement cost minus depreciation

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